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World Series of Poker -- Michael Mizrachi Early Leader In Seven-Card Stud World Championship

"The Grinder" Looking For Another Bracelet

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Michael MizrachiReminiscent of the Players Championship that just ended on Wednesday morning, every table was stacked for the start of event No. 10 ($10,000 seven-card stud world championship) at the 2010 World Series of Poker.

Also reminiscent of the Players Championship, Michael Mizrachi tops the list as chip leader following an impressive performance on day 1. Finishing with the second most chips on day 1 is the runner-up to Mizrachi in the Players Championship, Vladimir Schmelev.

Fresh off his bracelet win in the Players Championship, The Grinder hit hand after hand, admitting to his table at one point midway through the day that he hadn’t lost a pot yet.

In one big hand Mizrachi called his opponent’s bets on each street, before he raised on fifth street. Seat 6 called and continued calling Mizrachi’s bets on every street until the last. After some consideration, seat 6 finally folded his hand to The Grinder, sending a huge pot Mizrachi’s way that sent him over the 100,000 mark.

Mizrachi showed his down cards to prove he wasn’t bluffing: (KSpade Suit KClub Suit) 10Diamond Suit 7Heart Suit KDiamond Suit QClub Suit (2Heart Suit)

Seat 6: (X-X) QHeart Suit ADiamond Suit JDiamond Suit 3Diamond Suit (MUCK)

The three kings pushed the Players Champion into the chip lead, but it wasn’t long after that he ran into three kings held by an opponent. How did Mizrachi answer…With three aces.

In that hand, against Eugene Katchalov, Mizrachi looked to be in trouble against Katchalov’s kings, but The Grinder was running good, and he hit one of the two remaining aces to give himself three aces and boot Katchalov from the tournament. Their cards:

Mizrachi: (ADiamond Suit AClub Suit) 4Spade Suit 3Spade Suit ASpade Suit 10Heart Suit (2Spade Suit)

Katchalov: (KDiamond Suit KHeart Suit) KClub Suit 9Diamond Suit 6Spade Suit 8Club Suit (MUCK)

Mizrachi ended the day with 191,900, a convincing chip lead much like he had after day 3 of the Players Championship. Oddly enough, Schmelev was second in chips with 180,000.

But with a field so packed with stars there are plenty of scary-good players still nipping at their heals, including Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson, Men Nguyen, Jennifer Harman, Chris Ferguson, and plenty more, including last year’s winner of this event, Freddie Ellis.

There were a total of 150 players that entered this $10,000 world championship event, and that created a prize pool worth $1,410,000. The winner will walk away with $394,807 at the final table on Saturday, June 5. Sixty-two players busted on day 1, leaving 88 players that will still be in the hunt tomorrow.

Check back with CardPlayer.com starting at 3 p.m. for live coverage of day 2 action.

 
 
 
 

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ponytailgeorge
9 years ago

Will someone at Cardplayer please teach Scott McDaniel what rolled up means in seven card stud? He sounds like an ice skating broadcaster trying to call a baseball game.

 
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SemiCharmedAK
9 years ago

I remember my first bracelet.

 
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sK1ll3d
9 years ago

ROLLED UP: In seven-card stud, three-of-a-kind on the first three cards.....The Theory of Poker by David Sklansky
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Also everyone else in the world who ever played anything but holdem.
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"Pocket" another term for the hole - IOW, "He had two kings in the hole," or "He had pocket kings."

(As an aside, during the 50K Players Championship Mizrachi just won, Cardplayer reported during the first day of reporting the razz round that someone "limped in the small blind" iirc.....)

 
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paulclay2
9 years ago

ditto rolled up. fix it before people actually believe you

 
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CardPlayerAdmin
9 years ago

Oops, very sorry guys. You're absolutely right. Fixed in the story.

 
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